NC man reaching for cane shot in SC traffic stop
Authorities said Wednesday that deputy Terrence Knox has been placed on paid leave while the State Law Enforcement Division investigates the shooting.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Trent Faris said Knox stopped 70-year-old Bobby Canipe (kah-NYP’) of Lincolnton, N.C., for an expired license plate Tuesday evening. Investigators say Canipe got out of his pickup and reached into the truck bed for his cane and Knox fired several shots, hitting Canipe once.
Deputies say Canipe is expected to recover.
Faris says the shooting was unfortunate, but appeared to be appropriate because Knox felt an imminent threat to his life.